Published on 09/06/2021
Chemical Engineering Aston University


•     New learning platform for chemical engineering students at Aston University allows on-site and remote use of facilities with ground-breaking technology

•     Programme funded by Aston University’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

•     Chemical engineering and applied chemistry undergraduate and postgraduate students will benefit from virtual access to lab facilities


A new simulation platform has been launched at Aston University which will allow chemical engineering students virtual access to its lab facilities.

The £30,000 learning and teaching platform, which has been labelled ‘ground-breaking’ by lecturers in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Department, allows students simulate complex equipment they will be working with, such as reactors, and enables them to  experience real-life plant operation through this digital twin technology.

The dynamic process simulation models were commissioned through funding from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Aston University is believed to be one of just a small handful of sites throughout the UK which has access to this type of virtual learning platform.

Dr Amir Amiri, lecturer in chemical engineering at Aston University, said the new platform would “transform” teaching for all and complement the practical work already taking place.

He said: “This really is a ground-breaking platform and we are proud to be able to offer it to our students, both for undergraduates and postgraduates. We have been testing the site, which is available through the Aston University cloud system since April 2021 and we shall be formally delivering it from September.

“The platform allows our students to run simulations and get the best experience for the process labs and modelling-based modules. By digitalising the learning, it has also allowed teaching to become very flexible. Students can get a real sense of what it is like to use the equipment we have in our labs, but virtually, and simulate research. This platform means our department can now offer an advanced level of platform learning to give our students the very best experience, both on and off site,” he added.

The system was delivered by Nottingham-based company TSC Simulation and trials are underway to extend the platform into the mechanical engineering department as well.

For more details about courses currently in chemical engineering and applied chemistry at Aston University, visit this link.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long-established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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